LaCie’s rugged portable drives are extremely popular among photographers who demand the best combination of performance and durability, and starting today, they have three compelling new solid state options to choose from.
The new LaCie Rugged SSD, Rugged SSD Pro, and Rugged BOSS SSD offer three different price points and levels of performance, but they’re all “designed to help Media & Entertainment professionals manage the huge volumes of data their workflows create.”
The Rugged SSD and Rugged SSD Pro both use the latest Seagate FireCuda NVMe SSDs inside and feature an IP67 waterproof rating, 3-meter drop tolerance, and 2-ton crush resistance. The main difference between the two is connection: the Rugged SSD comes with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection that offers transfer speeds up to 950MB/s, while the Rugged SSD Pro steps that up to Thunderbolt 3 and a max speed of 2500MB/s.
This makes the Rugged SSD Pro “the first Thunderbolt 3 storage solution that can be immersed in water up to one meter for up to 30 minutes.” In other words: it’s the first Thunderbolt 3 Drive with an IP67 rating.
The third drive in the lineup is more about convenience and on-location backup than speed or durability. The Rugged BOSS SSD maxes out at USB 3.1 Gen 1 speeds of 430MB/s, and doesn’t feature Seagate’s NVMe SSD inside, but it does include a built-in LCD screen and allows for file transfer via an integrated SD card slot and USB port. And if you have your iOS or Android device on you, you can view, name and delete the footage on the drive from your phone.
LaCie doesn’t advertise an IP rating for the Rugged BOSS SSD, but it seems to be a bit weaker than its brethren, featuring only “1.2 meter drop, splash and dust resistance.”
The Rugged SSD is available now for $180 for 500GB, $300 for 1TB and $500 for 2TB. The Rugged SSD Pro is a bit more expensive at $400 for the 1TB drive and $700 for the 2TB version. Finally, the Rugged BOSS SSD is the priciest of the three at $450 for the lone 1TB option.